Recently, podcaster Leo Leoporte suggested a new name for podcasts: Netcasts. This was in response to news that Apple was sending cease and desist letters to certain online properties that used the word podcast in their names or material. Well, it turns out that Apple was largely misunderstood, but Leo is going ahead with netcast anyway.
His argument is that podcast creates confusion, whereas netcast implies that it's a broadcast. Well, doesn't webcast achieve the same result? Has it not been around for years and well before Apple's iPod or MTV's former VJ Adam Curry (the dude who coined the term podcast)? Or, are we just fixated on fancy buzz words to encourage mainstream adoption?
Traditionally, a webcast has been associated with live video on the websites of corporations and conferences. How is this any different from audio? It's only visual after all, right? Why not extend this familiar term to live and time-shifted (on-demand) audio as well? I mean, aren't they web-based anyway, or are iPods secretly hosting the world's podcasts?
So, should we use podcast, netcast, or webcast? Let's discuss it, blogosphere.